North Carolina strengthens prosecution of employers who misclassify workers

Misclassified workers are those who employers tag as contractual or independent contractors instead of their own employees. Workers in this category do not have the opportunity to obtain the benefits of regular employees, such as workers’ compensation, unemployment insurance, and overtime pay.

A welcome development to the state is the renewed vigor by the Employee Classification System of the North Carolina Industrial Commission to prosecute employers who misclassify the status of their workers. To do so, the Commission is coordinating with other state agencies so they can undergo their own investigations to determine whether a certain employer is breaking the law. Actions that can be prosecuted include owing unemployment taxes, neglecting to pay for the overtime work of employees, or failing to obtain workers’ compensation insurance.

In the event of an accident at your workplace in Raleigh or another area of North Carolina, seek the legal help of our attorneys at Scudder Seguin, PLLC by calling our offices today at (919) 851-3311. Speak with a qualified member of our legal team as soon as you can about your options.


Jordan Russell to join Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin announced on Thursday, September 15 that Jordan Russell will fill a spot on the three-member Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission. Russell is a lawyer who worked as policy director and counsel under Oklahoma House of Representatives Speaker Jeff Hickman,

Russell will serve as substitute for the remainder of Dr. LeRoy Young’s term. Young said during the third week of September that he will be relinquishing his post to spend more time practicing medicine. Russell’s appointment is up for confirmation by the state Senate when it resumes session in 2017.

The workers’ compensation system is extremely important in every state, as it determines ways to keep employees safe and capable of paying living expenses. Our workers’ compensation attorneys at Scudder Seguin, PLLC provide legal assistance to people who need legal help when it comes to filing for workers’ compensation benefits in Raleigh or other areas of North Carolina. Speak with a qualified member of our legal team by calling our offices today at (919) 851-3311.


UPS driver attacked and bitten by four dogs on the job

Ronald Robinson, a UPS driver, was delivering a package to a house on South Wedgewood Drive in Washington, North Carolina on Tuesday, September 13, when he was attacked by four dogs. The attack resulted in his hospitalization.

According to Beaufort County Animal Control, Robinson cried out for help once the dogs started biting him, and when two men came to his rescue, the dogs proceeded to attack them. A neighbor reported that one of the dogs bit one of the men in the face. The four dogs have since been quarantined and will continue to be held in captivity for at least the next 10 days.

The attorneys at Scudder Seguin, PLLC have a great deal of experience when it comes to handling cases in practice areas such as workers’ compensation, permanent disability, temporary disability, and workplace injuries. We are prepared to help you in Raleigh and other areas of North Carolina. Call our offices today at (919) 851-3311 to discuss your legal options.


Workers’ compensation costs vastly differ from Medicare rates

According to a new report released by the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute (WCRI), workers’ compensation costs for surgical procedures differ greatly from Medicare rates for common procedures.

The report analyzes data from 33 states that make up 87 percent of workers’ compensation benefits that are paid in the United States. WCRI economist and study co-author Dr. Olesya Fomenko said the report also discovered that hospital outpatient payments are significantly different from each other depending on the state. Costs range from 69 percent below the study-state median in New York to 142% above the study-state median in Alabama in 2014.

Average workers’ compensation payments and Medicare rates for common procedures are even further apart. Costs range from as low as 27% ($631) below Medicare in New York and as much as 430% ($8,244) above Medicare in Louisiana.

The workers’ compensation lawyers at Scudder Seguin, PLLC provide legal services for our clients in Raleigh and other areas of North Carolina and handle the filing and appealing of workers’ compensation claims. To see how we can help you obtain benefits for workers who are injured in a workplace accident, call our offices today at (919) 851-3311.